Schroder (Compact Disc)
February 2013 Indie Next List
“This deeply layered novel about an embattled father reclaiming his only joy drew me in with the intense beauty of its language and the doomed journey of its unreliable narrator. In Erik Schroder, Gaige gives us a character who should repel but whom I loved for his humanity and the way he expressed his love for his daughter and she, her love for him. Schroder takes the reader into the arrested heart of a foreigner whose need to appear American is ultimately his undoing. That we care about him is a testament to Gaige's skill and compassion.”
— Vicki DeArmon, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder, a first generation East German immigrant, adopts the name Eric Kennedy, a decision that will set him on an improbable and transformative journey. Years later, Erik escapes to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his daughter, hiding from authorities amidst a heated custody battle with his estranged wife, Laura, who is unaware of his previous identity. From a correctional facility, Erik surveys the course of his life: his love for Laura, his childhood, and his experience as a father. "Schroder" is a sweeping, deftly imagined exploration of the identities we take on in our lives, those we are born with, and those we construct for ourselves.